Ugandan Bark Cloth: From Coffins to Handbags

  • Sarah NakisanzeEmail author
  • Deepa Pullanikkatil
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


Bark cloth manufactured from the bark of the fig tree (Mutuba; Ficus natalensis) in Uganda is traditionally associated with death, because it was the fabric used for wrapping the dead before modern-day wooden coffins came about. Sarah Nakisanze’s story of building a successful enterprise in Uganda making crafts from bark cloth, is that of courage and determination to overcome mindsets and taboos, including the fear of death from touching bark cloth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Easy Afric DesignsKampalaUganda
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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